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The purpose of the study was to determine how Iowa public high school media centers trained student assistants, to what tasks they were assigned, and in what manner their work was officially recognized or awarded. A questionnaire was sent to 111 schools asking which training method--formal course, handbook, or individual instruction--was used to teach specific tasks. The media specialists were also asked to identify the tasks assigned to student assistants and what type of award was given to the students for their work. Sixty-three schools (56.76 percent) replied. Forty-three schools (68.25 percent) used student assistants and 7B percent or more used individualized instruction to train the students. The duties most assigned (80 percent or more) were circulation, shelving, housekeeping, processing, and periodical services. The award presented to students most was some form of service award (53 percent); other recognition that was given included academic credit (12 percent), money (12 percent), and gifts (18 percent).

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Leah Hiland


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